WASHINGTON, DC HARRIET TUBMAN CENTENNIAL INTERNATIONAL COMMEMORATION LECTURE PROGRAM
1411 "W" Street, SE
Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
This program will consist of 2 lectures: (1) A New Day Begun: The Impact of the Emancipation Proclamation on the Nation's Capital, Maryland and Virginia, given by renown Historian of the African Diaspora and author, C.R. Gibbs, will provide an unprecedented survey of the stunning effect of Lincoln's historic document on three widely divergent polities: the District, which had undergone its own emancipation nine month earlier; Maryland, a loyal state whose enslaved population seethed with a desire for freedom; and the Old Dominion, which had already seceded from the Union and hoped for rebel victory to return all its residents to the old order of things; and
(2) The Life and Times of Harriet Tubman with emphasis on her Canadian experience, given by Rosemary Sadlier, Order of Ontario; President of the Ontario Black History Society, Coordinator of the International Emancipation Day Commemoration in Toronto, Canada, and author, will provide an in-depth look into the life of "General Tubman" from her childhood and life in slavery to her death as a celebrated heroine in American history; highlighting her numerous trips on the "Underground Rail Road", contributions to the Union Army and rescue missions ending in Canada.